For a heritage enthusiast, this traditional village offers many sights of interest and for the nature lover it is a haven of rare beauty.
Anjanadri hill, the birth place of monkey-god Hanuman, and the mountain Rishimuka are the places near Anegundi associated with the great Indian epic of the RamayanaIn the epic Ramayana, Kishkinda was the kingdom of Bali, Sugriva's brother. After killing Bali, the kingdom was handed over to Sugriva by Lord Rama. Kishkinda-Kanta, a portion in the Ramayana depicts the meeting of Rama and Lakshman with Lord Hanuman and Sugriva.
Navabrindavana is a small island located at the Tungabhadra River near Anegundi in Koppal District. This place is famous for the nine Brindavanas (tombs) of nine famous saints. The Archaeological Museum has well-displayed collections of sculptures from local ruins, Neolithic tools, 16th-century weaponry and a large floor model of the Vijayanagar ruins.
Of course, a ride in the traditional coracles (bamboo basket boats) making their way through the rivers with huge and many boulders, is a must-do. Another interesting aspect is the irrigation system thriving since the 14th century in the lush agricultural landscape. Mostly visitors arrive here as part of their tour of Hampi World Heritage Site. There are also pilgrims attracted by the mythology of Kishkinda and outdoor/ecotourism buffs that are keen on low-impact cycling tours.
Follow the labyrinth making its way through the rows of white washed houses to make an intimate connection with the daily lives of the rural folk. The humble yet regal houses have beautifully carved interior facets as well. Take a peek at artisans busy with banana fibre, some women grinding 'chutney' (edible grounded pastes, variedly flavoured, to accompany the food) by rolling huge stones, and others using lime hand prints for decorating doorways and making colourful patterns on the front facades. Various walks take the interested visitor on mythical journeys of the ancient monkey kingdom, unfurling slowly the legends and events from the historic chronicles.
Natural Heritage :
Granite boulders in varying tones of grey and ochre glow pink at sunset. The geological base of this region is the 'Deccan Plateau' which is one of the most ancient and stable surfaces to be found anywhere on earth. It is estimated to be about four billion years old and believed to be one of the first places on earth to have solidified when the planet was still in a liquid state.
A unique and astonishingly beautiful area of natural wilderness, the region has been called the 'playground of the gods', and is home to crocodile, leopard, great owl, sloth bear, monkeys, several species of turtles and nearly 300 varieties of birds. Many endangered species of flora are also found here. The vegetation is typical of a dry deciduous scrub jungle, indigenous to the Deccan plateau and is rare in context of present-day Indian National Park Systems.